Increte Systems is pleased to pursue sustainability and positive environmental impact in its manufacturing practices, eco-friendly products and engineered systems. Increte Systems understands the critical impact that Sustainable Design and Green Building can have on our world. They also realize that for Increte Systems to have an impact as a supplier to the decortive industry, they must make it part of their company's culture to provide sustainable building design solutions which achieve social and environmental objectives while providing economic balance.
The manufacturing process to make clay masonry is very efficient with almost no waste of materials. To reduce environmental impact, all unused clay is recycled and modern pollution controls have significantly reduced any production air discharges. Clay Masonry can make a significant contribution toward earning LEED points on a project. While no one product or material alone can earn LEED credit points, clay masonry can be used as part of a strategy to earn points in 15 credit categories.
Brick manufacturing has made great strides toward environmental stewardship by substantially decreasing the amount of embodied energy required to produce a standard brick, and through programs to minimize waste, emissions, and impact on the environment. Brick is a durable cladding material that can be used to meet multiple sustainable design objectives in a project, whether complying with a specific environmental building rating system or not.
The Belden Brick Company strives to be the “Standard of Comparison” in the brick industry. This applies to all aspects of the business, from manufacturing a high quality product to maintaining a strong commitment toward environmental stewardship. The company aspires to adopt environmentally responsible practices throughout its operations. Employees are trained to recognize the value of protecting the environment. Each facility is encouraged to develop and promote manufacturing processes which reduce waste and increase recycling wherever possible. The Belden Brick Company is also aware of the sensitive nature of its greatest assets, clay and shale. The extraction of minerals from the earth is conducted with great care to ensure there are no adverse effects on the surrounding environment.